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Giants sign ear-biting catcher Miguel Olivo to minor league contract

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The last we heard from Miguel Olivo around these parts, he was being released from the Dodgers after biting off a chunk of Alex Guerrero‘s ear during a nasty dugout brawl at Triple-A Albuquerque. That was in early-2014.

Olivo spent the 2015 season with the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League and performed quite well, slashing .281/.347/.472 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 90 games. The veteran catcher, never known for his speed, even stole 13 bases.

Now he is back with an MLB affiliate.

Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that Olivo has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. He’ll presumably open the 2016 campaign at Triple-A Sacramento, where he will operate as organizational depth at the catcher position. It’s doubtful he’ll get the call up at any point.

Olivo, 37, stands as a .240/.275/.417 career hitter in 1,124 major league games.

Braves place Arodys Vizcaino on 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation

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The Braves placed closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, per a team announcement on Sunday. The assignment is retroactive to June 21. While the right-hander will be eligible to return to the team within the week, it’s not clear yet how long his recovery will take.

Vizcaino, 27, has already been sidelined a week after experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder. While he was treated with a cortisone injection earlier this month, it doesn’t appear to have had the effect the Braves were hoping for. The injury derailed what has otherwise been a productive season for the right-hander: Through his first 30 appearances, he logged 15 saves with a 1.82 ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 10.0 SO/9 over 29 2/3 innings. Per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the club is prepared to give more closing duties to rookie left-hander A.J. Minter as Vizcaino takes some time to recover, though it seems conceivable that the up-and-coming Evan Phillips will earn a few looks in the spot as well.

In corresponding moves, infielder Phil Gosselin was designated for assignment and right-hander Phillips was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. The 23-year-old righty is poised to make his major league debut after four years in the Braves’ system. He currently sports a 2.31 ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 12.9 SO/9 through 35 innings at the Triple-A level this season.